Short Course: Mine Ventilation Basics and Advanced Concepts

Improve the safety and efficiency of your underground ventilation systems

Monday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:00 a.m — 4:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn
Sudbury, Ontario

For those traveling to Sudbury, a block of rooms is available at a discounted rate.
Course Fee: $565 CAD (Includes lunch and refreshments)
Registration: Please download the registration form and send to Michelle Lavoie ( by November 17, 2017.

pace is limited - reserve your spot today!
The course will provide value for both the beginner and advanced ventilation engineering practitioner. The course will start with an overview of the basic relationships and foundational equations then move into study methodology, modelling methodology, and general best practices. Guest speakers from both air heating and fan vendors will enhance the ability of the attendees to provide specifications for infrastructure at their respective operations.
The course will also discuss common mistakes that are made when developing a ventilation study or designing a ventilation system. The class will develop an outline of the rationale for conducting a ventilation study with computer models. This will include discussion on how ventilation models are useful for the study of systems and what are the model limitations. It is important for engineers to be able to make adequate and educated assumptions when developing a design strategy based on modelling. These assumptions will be outlined along with the rationale for their proper application.
Course Outline:
Monday Basics
  • Why we ventilate mines and what are the basic relationships (Basic Equations, Shock Losses, Fan Laws)
  • Ventilation economics
  • Ventilation survey equipment, techniques and strategy
  • Barometric pressure survey data reduction
  • Ventilation survey data reduction and correlation
  • Introduction to ventilation simulation programs

Tuesday Common Issues and Missteps, Advanced Issues

  • Starting a ventilation study, detailed friction factor analysis, and using proper resistance values
  • General fan issues
  • Common ventilation modelling errors and corrections (black box, expansion, natural ventilation pressure, thermal parameters, over balancing)
  • Interpreting the results of the ventilation model, what else is required (air velocity, dust entrainment, regulator orifice area calculation and limitations)
  • Design Criteria

Wednesday – Best Practices and Guest Speakers

  • Ventilation best practices: general, auxiliary ventilation systems, fan installation, design criteria, discrete locations
  • Continuation of Ventilation best practices: general, auxiliary ventilation systems, fan installation, design criteria, discrete locations

Guest Speaker: Bart Gilbert, Senior Applications Specialist, ACI/AFS to discuss fan and heater specification

Guest Speaker: Bart Hurley, Sales and Marketing Manager, The Hurley Group, to discuss fan specification and capabilities

Course Flyer: Mine Ventilation Short Course


SRK Instructors:

Jacques Jodouin, Mine Ventilation Specialist

Jake Jodouin, CET, LEL
Principal Consultant

Jake has over 23 years of experience and is a highly motivated and experienced individual who integrates his extensive background experience and in-depth understanding in the planning organizing, leadership and implementation of mining ventilation infrastructure designs, projects and construction. He prioritizes safety for all projects while providing a diversity of cost-effective engineering and project management services for mine ventilation projects of varying complexity in the conceptual, pre-feasibility, feasibility, planning, evaluation, and implementation phases.

John Bowling, Mine Ventilation Specialist
John Bowling, PE, MS
Senior Consultant

John is a Consultant with over 6 years of experience in mine ventilation system design and analyses for metal, non-metal, and coal mines around the world; plans, coordinates and conducts ventilation surveys of underground mines. He provides short courses in underground mine ventilation measurement, planning and modeling, and conducts ventilation audits for underground mines. He manages the NQA-1 quality assurance program for SRK’s work in subsurface nuclear facilities.

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